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PSY 110 – Life-Span Development of Behavior (Hostos Community College)

Course Description:   The student will learn the major psychological perspectives of human development from prenatal development and birth, infancy, early childhood, middle and late childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood to middle and late adulthood. Students will also become well acquainted with the behavioral, cognitive, emotion, environmental, genetic, physiological, and sociocultural aspects of development across the life-span.

Course Objectives:     This class will focus on the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of humans from the prenatal period up to adulthood. The course will require students to examine the theories and research methodology encompassing familial, genetic, and socio-cultural influences on human development. At the end of this course, students who have fully participated should be able to:

  1. identify the major concepts, principles, controversies and research findings in developmental psychology.
  2. describe and understand the major research methods used to study developmental processes, including the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
  3. comprehend and use the key constructs employed in evaluating research: principally, internal and external validity and reliability.
  4. analyze and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources.
  5. work collaboratively.
  6. apply their understanding of development to everyday life experiences.

The reading and written assignments will ensure that students in this course will satisfy the following flexible core learning outcomes:

  1. Gather, interpret, and assess information from a variety of sources and points of view
  2. Evaluate evidence and arguments critically or analytically.
  3. Produce will-reasoned written or oral arguments using evidence to support conclusions.
  4. Identify and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of a discipline or interdisciplinary field exploring the relationship between the individual and society.
  5. Examine how an individual’s place in society affects experiences, values or choices.
  6. Articulate ethical uses of data and other information resources to respond to problems and questions.

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Required Materials:  Santrock, J. W. (2013) Life-Span Development. 14th Edition; McGraw Hill. (ISBN 978-0-07-803532-6). Cost: new $175, used $127 or rental $83

                                             All outside readings can be found on Blackboard

             Exams:            There will be four (4) exams administered throughout the semester, each worth 100 points. Three exams will be given during the semester and one exam during finals week. Material covered on exams will be drawn from the text, articles, and lectures. The exams will be closed-book and will be a combination of multiple-choice, fill-in, matching, true-false and essays. Your exam grade will be based on an average of the THREE (3) HIGHEST exams scores earned during the semester. Your lowest exam grade will be dropped. You MUST take the final exam.

Informal writing assignments:

There will be several informal writing assignments required throughout the semester. Each assignment

will be worth 5 points. These assignments will include reflections on the required readings, and on in

class and out of class experiences. They may include group projects, Blackboard discussions, free-

writing, or focused questions given as homework. Rules regarding the Blackboard discussions are outlined

below. Details of the other assignments will be provided as they are administered.


The lowest informal assignment grade will be dropped. Late submissions will NOT be accepted. NO

MAKE-UP informal writing assignments will be given. All assignments will be ……….. submitted via BLACKBOARD

ONLY (no email or hardcopies will be accepted), so please familiarize yourself with the program ASAP.


This course requires the use of the Blackboard program. We will cover the basics in class, but any detailed questions should be addressed to the Academic Computing Center in C-595. You can also follow this link: .Blackboard Discussions:

Most discussions will require you to first watch a video or complete an activity outside of class. Once you have watched the video or done the activity, your job is to share your thoughts and impressions of the video or activity with your classmates AND to respond to your classmate’s ideas as well. Specifically, you are to do the following on Blackboard:

  1. Summarize the video or activity, and share your impressions of what you watched or did.
  2. Respond thoughtfully (short responses where you agree with everything do not add to the discussion) to classmates (as many as possible) thoughts and impressions about the video or activity

Discussions are available for about a week from the time they are announced. For full credit, you are to participate early and often. Waiting until the last couple of days to get in some short posts does not qualify as participating in the discussion, and will not earn full credit.

 Formal Writing assignment:

This assignment will require you to do a “literature review” in which you examine, and research an area within human development that is of interest to you.  Once the topic has been pre-approved by me, you will be asked to summarize one (1) peer-reviewed article. Further detail can be found on BLACKBOARD.

The assignment will be submitted via BLACKBOARD, and NOT BE ACCEPTED LATE.


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